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Review: Excalibur - Volando hacia el infierno
Volando hacia el infierno

Label: Fighter Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 42:15
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: August 12, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

This Excalibur (there are over a dozen listed on Metal Archives) is a Spanish band that’s been around off and on since the mid-80s. They released a couple of albums in their first go round before splitting up in 1996 and came back in 2013 with two more albums, including this 2022 release Volando hacia el infierno. They are listed as heavy metal, but it leans pretty far into hard rock territory. It is mostly standard, chugging stuff with more than a little ‘80s-style keyboards which give many of the songs a commercial sheen that reminds me of the hair metal peak back in the day. On songs like "Esencia salvaje" and "Hijos perdidos del rock," the keys take what little oomph the guitars have and push it even further to the back of the mix. When they back off, like on "Súbele voz" you can almost make a case to break out the air guitar. Almost. Strangely, I like the ballad "Madre Tierra" more than anything else on the album. It’s well written, has a great vocal hook and a melody line that is engaging without being overly saccharine. I don’t typically review stuff as close to hard rock as this, but I can see some fans getting taken in by the cover, which is easily the most badass thing about this album (and doesn’t truly represent the music). Excalibur’s music is mostly generic and unexciting but if you enjoy other bands on this end of the spectrum, like Gallows Pole, Spell, High Spirits, etc. you might find something you like here.

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